Push, down to its parts. Photo courtesy THORtronic.

Push, down to its parts. Photo courtesy THORtronic.

For months, many musicians have been waiting to get assembled Push hardware from Ableton. But here, you get it disassembled – down to bare washers and screws – in a massive teardown. It’s a chance to see what lies inside that mysterious black box without voiding your warranty.

The video is narrated in Czech, so most of you will be out of luck, but you don’t really need the narration to follow what’s happening and now has English subtitles! You’ll find a gallery of photos on Dropbox, too.

The teardown comes courtesy of THORtronic, the duo of Patrik Veltruský and Zbynek Šanda, evidently musicians who have also built a service company for Czech and Slovak customers making custom cables and studio furniture. That is, they’ll put together your cables and furniture, not take them apart.


But it’s great to see this happen, partly because it gives hope for long-term repairs to this hardware, after the warranty is through. Watch what happens:

Now with English subtitles! (You may need to switch on subtitles in YouTube’s controls.)

Thanks to dJcybersonique for the tip.

Updated: Via comments, another teardown – this one in New York, in order to save a Push from a spilt coffee. (Hint: yes, this is exactly what you want to do after a spill. It’s not the initial spill that usually damages electronics; if you can dry the thing out, you can usually have luck – even with a computer.) No video, but loads of nice photos:

Ableton Push Disassembled